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THE HALLMARK HALL OF FAME

 Hallmark Hall of Fame

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Lionel Barrymore
In 1953, The Hallmark Hall of Fame debuted with Lionel Barrymore as the host and a new story format.

Hallmark began producing radio shows in 1948 with a show titled The Hallmark Playhouse topresented works of literature that were not well-known.

The concept of a postcard is simple. It just took a few pennies to buy a card, write out a thought and then for a few more pennies the postal service would take your greeting to the recipient. The excitement was enough to inspire young entrepreneur J.C. Hall to move beyond his family's general store in Nebraska. J.C. soon realized that greeting cards were more prestigious (and profitable) than postcards.

Hall was entranced with the thought that greeting cards “were more than a form of communication—they were a social custom.” The niceties of social custom was reflected when the Hall brothers renamed their company Hallmark after the symbology used by London goldsmiths in 1928. At the same time, Hallmark became the first greeting card company to advertise nationally with an ad in The Ladies Home Journal.

Cyrus FieldIn 1942, Hallmark assumed sponsorship of Radio Readers Digest from Campbell's Soup on CBS. The slogan "When you care enough to send the very best" was adopted in 1944. The radio lineup expanded to include Hallmark Playhouse on Christmas day, 1947.

Hallmark Playhouse adapted stories from serious literature for radio audiences. The Hallmark Hall of Fame premiered ambitiously on NBC Television on Christmas Eve, 1951, with "Amahl and the Night Visitors", an opera written for TV. In 1953, the radio anthology program, now hosted by the great Lionel Barrymore, adopted the name of the TV series.

While TV's Hall of Fame subjects ranged from Shakespeare, popular plays and inspirational biographies, the radio program concentrated on biographies of all types of pioneers. The Hallmark Hall of Fame became the home of Lionel Barrymore's annual performance of "A Christmas Carol". The November 21, 1954, episode was a tribute to Barrymore who passed away on November 15 at the age of 76.

Hall of Fame left the radio after the 1954-55 season, and abandoned the weekly schedule on television. Although it does not have a regularly weekly schedule, The Hallmark Hall of Fame is considered TV's longest running series and is the last to keep the sponsor's name in the title.

Hallmark Hall of Fame presented dramatizations of true stories about little known people who contributed to making life better. People like Cyrus Field who connected the North America and Europe by laying telegraph across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858 or Mary Ann Bickerdyke who set up over 300 hospitals during the Civil War, clean up existing hospitals along the way.

If you like dramatizations, you may also enjoy: American Adventure, An American in England, Cavalcade of America, Better Living Radio Theater, Cavalcade of Kings, Freedom's People, Horizon's West, and Words at War.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1: 26 shows - total playtime 12 hours 57 minutes

Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530322 07 Nathaniel Pitt Langford
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530329 08 Cyrus Field
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530405 09 Katherine Booth Salv Army
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530412 10 Henry Chadwick Father BBall
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530419 11 William Dunlap Father Drama
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530426 12 John Mcdonough Free Edc Poor
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530503 13 Mark Carleton
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530510 14 Mary Washington
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530517 15 Frederic Tudor
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530524 16 Hannibal Goodwin
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530531 17 W. Freeland Kendrick
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530913 18 Sam Houston
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530920 19 George Gershwin
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 530927 20 Marcus Whitman
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531004 21 Major William F Dean
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531011 22 Edwin L Drake
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531025 24 Robert Livingston
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531101 25 Mary Ann Bickerdyke
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531108 26 Sheldon Jackson
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531115 27 William Newton Byers
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531122 28 Squanto, Cockney Indian
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531129 29 Benjamin Franklin
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531206 30 Major Charles Yeager
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531213 31 Alfred Nobel
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531220 32 Christmas Carol
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 531227 33 Henry Byrd

Volume 2: 25 shows - total playtime 11 hours 39 minutes

Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540103 34 Tom Mix
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540110 35 William Allen White
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540117 36 Mark Twain
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540124 37 Lord Robert Powell
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540131 38 Madame Curie
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540207 39 Lee Deforest
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540214 40 Mary Todd Lincoln
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540221 41 Simon Bolivar
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540228 42 Bernard Baruch
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540502 51 Miller Huggins
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540509 52 Albert Schweitzer
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540516 53 Damon Runyon
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 540530 55 Four Chaplains
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541017 56 Theodore Roosevelt
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541024 57 Knute Rockne
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541031 58 Captain James Cook
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541107 59 William Harvey
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541114 60 Rebecca Dorsey
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541121 61 Lionel Barrymore
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541128 62 Daniel
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541205 63 Wyatt Earp
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541212 64 Sarah Siddons
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541219 65 Christmas Carol
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 541226 66 J Edgar Hoover
Hallmark Hall Of Fame 550102 67 Lief Erickson

 


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